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Eco legs

April 17, 2014

Thank you to jane from Folios and Fibre  for sharing her idea of Eco dyeing long johns! Can’t wait for some cooler weather now!




So loved playing with these today !

April 16, 2014




This dress in a day?

April 13, 2014

First of all we started of with a long tube of 2 different fabrics sewn up one end as well (see Julian Roberts website –


20140413-093634.jpgThis is me making my first cuts in the fabric for the bodice.



20140413-093745.jpgMy finished dress which was quite a surprise.

20140413-093802.jpgMy dress amongst other dresses completed by the class. What struck me most was Julian’s incredible philosophy, intellect and generosity with his ideas – he designs fashion from his heart and soul – an amazing inspiration!


the finished dress….

April 2, 2014

… especially for Nami to see…

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April 1, 2014

I really wanted to try getting eco prints on calico – so I tried pre soaking in 3 different solutions -

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this one in Magic solution – (see India Flint’s Eco-Dyeing book for the recipe….)

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This one in vinegar, which helped pick up the metal but not much else..

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And this one in MILK – even though the pic is a little pale – you can see it has picked up the eucalyptus leaf print – yay for protein!


Holidays and a good start to the year…

January 11, 2014

Very happy to have found these things to while the spare hours away -

TO READ – The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket (written for kids but such a cautionary fable for all to read.. and Illustrated by lovely Oliver Jeffers!)
Me Talk Pretty One Day (Paul’s reading me bits at bedtime and it has me laughing out loud!)
The Gifts of Imperfection (Like me you may have seen the author Brene Brown on TED talks – I have to thank Kelly Rae Roberts for recommending this on her blog – it’s superb!)

TO WATCH – Top of the Lake by Jane Campion (a mini-series)

Stefan Sagmeister on TIME OFF WORK

Which led to this Dan Gilbert talk on synthesized happiness – A MUST SEE!

If you’re into Macrame pot hangers (very IN)

This inspired Ellen and I to make a dye jar yesterday that will sit in the sun for the next month! What magic will we unfold?  See the master India Flint’s book for sale here…



Doodling with intent….

January 3, 2014

After hearing an inspiring PdD researcher talk about the relevance and importance of doodling – I have started looking up some resources like Zentangledoodle…. I want to know more….


2013 in review

January 1, 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 82,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


The sketchbook project in Australia…

October 31, 2013


The Sketchbook Project is coming to Melbourne, Australia this November 1st – 9th with EVERY sketchbook currently in the collection made by participants from Australia and New Zealand.  LOOK FOR NIM AND I – OUR SKETCHBOOKS ARE IN THIS SHOW!
The Sketchbook Project: Melbourne
November 1st – 9th, 2013
Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
234 St. Kilda Road, Southbank, Victoria 3006

Hours: We will be open weekdays from 2pm -8pm, on the weekend 12pm-5pm, and closed on Monday.

Friday, 11/1: 2pm -8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11/2 -11/3: 12pm – 5pm
CLOSED Monday 11/4
Tuesday -Friday 11/5 – 11/8: 2pm – 8pm
Saturday 11/9: 12pm – 5pm

Check out more details at:


Encaustic workshop…

July 7, 2013


I’ve just finished a 3 day Encaustic workshop with Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch… she is a phenomenal teacher – giving out just the right amount of inspiration and guidance to get us going and then plenty of free time to explore and make our own discoveries…


this is 2 of a triptych – using plaster and bitumen


I can’t believe I got so much done – and in a atmosphere of experimentation – I am happy with what I achieved… the luxury of time in a studio with lots of materials!


This is a medium I can imagine going on with – I love the layers and the possibilities and the magic of things unexpected…


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